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Abstract Title: Comparing the Effects of Cook Book and Non-Cook Book Based Lab Activities
Abstract: We have compared the effects of Cook Book based lab activities with the impacts of doing lab inquiry based on a small introductory engineering physics course. Performance in lab activities that did and did not require the Cook Book procedure was compared using a final questionnaire from the participating students in that course. The population of students who did the lab in each scenario was the same because they enrolled in the same course. In the course, we planned five lab activities of three different types. The first type, which we call "Cook Book" activities were prepared and then completed by students.  The second type of activities, which we call" Non- Cook Book" were inquiry-based and orally guide. The final activity type was called "Both" and was a combination of two other activities. We analyzed the results of the activities-related questionnaire.

The validation of the survey was a result of their understanding of what they did during lab activities based on a meta-cognitive methodology. The questionnaire included of three categories of questions: 1-Their understanding about the lab activity types: CB, NCB and BOTH, 2-Their improvement in scientific skills, 3-Their improvement in general skills. The result raises questions as to the effectiveness of lab activities at supporting mastery of physics content in a class with just one instructor and no TA. In this paper, we use a create analysis to investigate student ideas in different types of laboratories, from CB to NCB as free inquiry labs.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A75

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Azita Seyed Fadaei
Physics Faculty at South Seattle College, Dr. Azita Seyed Fadaei
1527 15th Ave, Apt 408
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 4124030089

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